Wood dust on iPhone.

Aditya_S

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In my house, the floors are being replaced, and there was a lot of dust from the wood. A lot of it was on my iPhone when I left it on a desk. Is it possible that it entered my phone through the speakers and ports? If it did, would it overheat my device since dust does the same thing to computers? How would I remove it?
 

SuperKerem

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In my house, the floors are being replaced, and there was a lot of dust from the wood. A lot of it was on my iPhone when I left it on a desk. Is it possible that it entered my phone through the speakers and ports? If it did, would it overheat my device since dust does the same thing to computers? How would I remove it?
There isn't much you can do short of opening up the device, which, as far as I remember, voids its warranty.

However, I don't think it would overheat the device in either case, since there are no fans or moving parts in your iPhone. Computers have fans which can get clogged up due to dust, which restricts airflow and subsequently may cause overheating.

It's very unlikely dust got anywhere inside your iPhone anyway. All the ports are pretty much sealed off from the internals of the device.
 

Aditya_S

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OK, but I've heard if a lot of dust gets into the Lightning port, it may not charge, and enough in the speaker lowers the volume.
 

smacrumon

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From my understanding the port, microphone and speaker holes are sealed inside. Maybe you can shine a torch at any openings just to check there is nothing there so you can be at ease. Maybe a quick wipe with a microfibre cloth near the port to catch anything missed or a little vaccuum with a very soft brush attachment and then a quick swipe with a sponge to make it all sparkle and brand new.
Good luck with the new floors!
 

AlxR4

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Sep 27, 2014
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It is FULL of dust! The ports are not sealed, and the Fans inside your Phone will not be able to Spin to cool down your Device! You are doomed unless you soak it in 12oz of Water! The dust will come out, turn into Mud, and then you will just be able to separate the Mud from the Water! Oh, and don't forget to wipe it dry when you are done.
 

Givmeabrek

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It is FULL of dust! The ports are not sealed, and the Fans inside your Phone will not be able to Spin to cool down your Device! You are doomed unless you soak it in 12oz of Water! The dust will come out, turn into Mud, and then you will just be able to separate the Mud from the Water! Oh, and don't forget to wipe it dry when you are done.
12 oz??? I don't have a way to measure it! And then what to do with the mud?? Problems, so many problems..... And now only one of my speakers is working. Aaaaagh.....


:) J/K
 

Tom G.

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As mentioned above-mentioned use a flashlight to check for dust. If you're concerned that there may be too much gently blow it out. You can get aerosol cans of air at electronic stores that are made for this purpose.

WARNING! If you use the canned air use it gently and in short bursts or else you could cause condensation to form inside the ports. Practice away from the phone first.

I don't think you actually have much to worry about. I've used iPhones in very dusty industrial aress for years with no problems.

Enjoy your new floors.
 

Mr. Buzzcut

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I'd be more worried about dust settling in everything else that IS air cooled and open. TV, toaster, etc. The phone is fine.
 

mcdj

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It is FULL of dust! The ports are not sealed, and the Fans inside your Phone will not be able to Spin to cool down your Device! You are doomed unless you soak it in 12oz of Water! The dust will come out, turn into Mud, and then you will just be able to separate the Mud from the Water! Oh, and don't forget to wipe it dry when you are done.
You know what's funny? Yeah, I know you don't.
 

steve knight

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Don't worry about it the iPhone has been great in my woodworking shop. I used to go through phones because of sawdust till I got the 3. Never been a problem though dust can get in the ports and you need to remove it so headphones or charging works. But that's from being in a pocket with a lot of dust in it dust in the air is not a issue.
 

Donga120

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Use an old toothbrush and give the speaker/mic a little scrub, I work in a dusty environment and do this once a week and I am OCD :)
 
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